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Summary

October 1982: ABC, Culture Club, Shalamar and Survivor dominate the top twenty when the Pogues barrel out from the backstreets of King's Cross, a furious, pioneering mix of punk energy, traditional melodies and the powerfully poetic songwriting of Shane MacGowan.

Reviled by traditionalists for their frequently fast, often riotous interpretations of Irish folk songs, the Pogues rose from the sweaty chaos of backroom gigs in Camden pubs to world tours with the likes of Elvis Costello, U2 and Bob Dylan and had huge commercial success with everyone's favourite Christmas song, 'Fairytale of New York'.

Yet the exuberance of their live performances coupled with relentless touring spiralled into years of hard drinking and excess which eventually took their toll - most famously on Shane but also on the rest of the band - causing them to part ways seven years later.

Here their story is told with beauty, lyricism and great candour by James Fearnley, founding member and accordion player. He brings to life the youthful friendships, the bust-ups, the amazing gigs, the terrible gigs, the fantastic highs and the dramatic lows in a hugely compelling, humorous, moving and honest account of life in one of our most treasured and original bands.

©2012 James Fearnley (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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brillant story, poorly read most of the time

Would you listen to Here Comes Everybody again? Why?

doubt I'd listen to it again, James is not a natural reader, taking away from the enjoyment

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shane, its the only reason I bought this, wanting to know how the Pogues came about and Shane is the character which without, the Pogues would never be.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

not a natural interesting reader, poorly read, especially when a great story

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Pogue Mahone, what else

Any additional comments?

I'm not one to usually write reviews.

However in this case, I'll make an exception.

Based on other reviews, I expected the reading to be mediocre and they were right.

When James reads, he tends to be slow and you'd think it was the first time reading the book as you get the feeling he's just reading it as he finds it.

Until he gets to the parts where he's imitating Shane etc, these become very fluent and just about keep me interested in listening to the story.

I am however enjoying hearing how the Pogues became the Pogues, from the early days of the Nips, just a shame the reading could have been much more fluent which would make the overall rating 100%, only falls down on James's spoken words :(

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good - but needs to be updated

Great about the early years.

The book finishes in 1991, what about the reformation etc?

Sometimes stilled reading

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Outstanding !!

Having been a Pogues fan for many years I looked forward the history, stories & anecdotes that could only come from a real insider. Although Shane dominates much of the book I felt that the author did not do himself justice regarding his own input within the band.
I was lucky enough to see them a few times in their heyday, always at Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow. Riotous affairs every one of them but one night in particular stuck in my mind and has never left me. James Fearnley was in spectacular form, jumping, stamping and sliding from one end of the stage to the other hefting his accordion and playing with abandon. He then moved on to his Stratocaster and proceeded to astonish us with his prowess as a guitarist. Towards the end of the night he picked up an electric mandolin and played it with the same skill and musicianship culminating in an extended solo that had the hairs on my neck bristling. A real musician.
The book is written beautifully, full of funny,sad, joyous episodes that are related (in Audible) by the man himself. I loved his narration and mimicry, which supplemented hugely, for me, the truth and authenticity of this outstanding book. A must read for any Pogues fan.

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Superb

Once you get past the author's stop start reading style this is a wonderful story. His impressions are superb. This is frank, self deprecating and very enjoyable. Finished too early but always leave your audience wanting more.

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An in depth history of an excellent band.

As i have all The Pogues alnums and saw them in their heyday of the '80s it was all the more enjoyable to hear the inside story of this troubled band.
James Fearnley, comes across as uncomfortable at public reading and in his sometimes staccato voice this becomes obvious.
I can say though that this was in no way detrimental to my enjoyment of the book, i'm guessing that the author made ample use of a thesaurus during the writing of the book, this only served to give the images and stories related by the author a greater strength in depth.
Overall a wonderful book and definitely a must for any fan of The Pogues, or anyone just wanting to hear a good well written book.

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very good

Really enjoyed the book. Great to get an insider view of the Pogues. The narration is really clear and easy to follow.

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Brilliant

This is the best music memoir I've ever read/listened to. Though James isn't a natural to narrating, he's a fantastic mimic. Fascinating insight in to a departed London too. Fascinating, funny story told in an interesting/literary style.

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Bloody marvellous

Hilarious and heartbreaking ! Great memories and great days . Belfast , Barrowland , Australia Kirsty , Joe all brought to life ! Eagle as Andrew would say !